NTSB: 2 dead in Collinsville plane crash; K-State says employee Chris Gruber was aboard plane

COLLINSVILLE, Okla. - Two people died Sunday when the small plane on which they were flying crashed in downtown Collinsville.

Lynn Lunsford, FAA spokesman, said Sunday the single-engine Mooney departed from Tulsa International Airport not long before it went down in the backyard of a vacant house. The plane was en route to Manhattan, Kan.

Officials with Kansas State University tell 2NEWS one of the victims was Chris Gruber, director of development for the College of Veterinary Medicine. 

The second victim has been identified as Ronald Marshall, a retired doctor from Manhattan, Kan. and the plane's registered owner.  Marshall's twin brother, Ronald, told the Omaha World-Herald his brother was aboard the plane with another passenger when it crashed.

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Air traffic control lost contact with the plane about seven minutes after takeoff and lost its radar signal nine miles north of Tulsa. It crashed around 6 p.m.

Lunsford said the plane's tail number is N57672, and according to FAA records the aircraft is registered to Ronald and Rhen Marshall in De Witt, Neb.

On Sunday, Gruber uploaded a picture of the plane to Instagram with the caption "My ride to Tulsa."

The NTSB investigation is ongoing.

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